Peter Lamarque

in The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780199279456
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577239 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy


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The concept of fiction is not identical to that of literature, and the discussion that follows concentrates on the former alone. Not only do the terms ‘fiction’ and ‘literature’ have different extensions — not all fictions are literary and not all literary works are fictional — but their meanings differ too, not least because the latter has an evaluative element lacking in the former. Of course, many of the great works of literature are also fictional, so an analysis of fiction will shed light on one aspect of them. But it should not be supposed that an analysis of fiction will exhaust all there is to say about literature, nor that such an analysis will encompass distinctively literary qualities.

Keywords: fiction; literary works; analysis of fiction; literary qualities; ontology; logical analysis

Article.  6710 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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